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Comment They could fix everything (Score 5, Interesting) 77

by allowing user-defined colors in CSS. Not only could they offload the unwanted old names into a single stylesheet (legacycolors.css?), but it would be so much easier to adjust the color scheme of a website by changing a couple of definitions.

But I'm just an amateur; maybe that IS a CSS feature and I've missed it?

Comment Re:There is just one little problem. (Score 1) 145

The difference between the two is that Netflix has a dedicated userbase, who are willing to jump through hoops to get their service; it's the only reason I've installed Silverlight, for example. Youtube, on the other handbasically everyone has watched a Youtube video at one point or another, even if they didn't visit the Youtube site, thanks to embedded videos and such. If I'm a typical user, and Netflix stops working on Firefox, I'm probably going to blame Netflix. If embedded videos stop working in Firefox, I'm much more likely to blame Firefox.

Just a theory, anyway.

Comment Re:Technology evolves. Move on. (Score 1) 313

I have a flip phone* with T-Mobile, no data plan, and I spend maybe $50/YEAR. Because I hardly ever call anyone on it, and I don't text. I have an iPod Touch which I use on WiFi.

Also, my flip phone is tiny, and I can drop it without worrying about the screen cracking.

*Mind you, I'm not a big fan of my current phone, which I got for cheap at Toys-R-Us, and I'm reading this topic with interest. My original flip phone was from Samsung and it lasted forever.

Comment Backyard use? (Score 1) 164

I know very little about windmills so this may sound naive, but it seems to me that this might be the sort of thing you could put in your backyard: it's tall, but with a fairly small footprint. On the other hand, if it's vibrating all the time it will create sound waves: I wonder how loud it gets?

Comment Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622

And that's the problem: one buys an SUV or minivan for the few times a year they need one (or "just in case"), and then drive it around town the rest of the year when it's overkill. Maybe renting a minivan for vacation is the answer (though rentals can make people uncomfortable), or maybe there's some other solution we haven't figured out yet. (A Smart car that transforms into a minivan. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch! :)

Comment Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 5, Insightful) 124

And if Walmart has the lowest prices in town (or maybe the ONLY prices in a small town), and if you're on a tight budget, you might not have a choice in where you shop, love it or hate it. It's like saying, "Wow, everyone must love the DMV, there's always a long line whenever I go!" :) Or as another example, I lived in Chicago for 5 years and I took public transportation everywhere, and I HATED it, but I hated the thought of driving in Chicago even more.

Comment Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (Score 1) 255

Potentially, yes. But open source may be running into the Bystander Effect (
"The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders."

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas